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Monday, January 14, 2008

Wheel of fortune

Fifty years living in this planet has taught me that karma does exist. While in its strictest sense, karma is not about retribution or vengeance as most people believeit to be. Simply put, karma speaks of what we become as a result of our decisions. What we are now is due to what and how we live and that includes how we treat other people. This is the reason why we should treat other people fairly. Filipinos have a similar viewpoint. We believe in life being lived like a wheel. Sometimes we're on top, other times, we're at the bottom. Gulong ng palad (wheel of fortune) is what we call it.

To those of you who are at the top right now, let me share with you a quote from Thomas Paine.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

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Blogger Panaderos said...

Though this may be cliche, I truly believe that we only get to live once. We should then try our very best to always be a positive presence and influence in the lives of family, friends, and strangers.

7:43 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

panaderos nicely put.

6:35 AM  
Blogger BatJay said...

i agree with you completely. what we are now is due to what we've decided a long time ago. consequently, what we decide today will impact us in the future.

it's scary when you think about it and that's what makes life difficult and exciting.

it also makes you kinder and gentler. we're having such a difficult time living that an act of kindness means so much and goes so far.

6:06 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

batjay An act of kindness always goes a long way, indeed.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous batiriday said...

hi tito rolly, good day po. found your link in kuya batjay's blog..i was struck with your post tito..inaway ko pa naman ang bf ko dahil sa walang ka kwenta kwentang bagay. I didn't treat him fairly kaya guilty po ako..huhuhuh..

6:37 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

batiriday Welcome to my blog. Don't worry. Lahat naman ng pinag aawayan ng mag boyfriend o mag asawa man, usually yung mga walang kwenta actually. Just make sure you make amends if you think you're the one who is at fault. Set a good example to him. Say sorry, with matching kisses and hugs. Mahirap kasi kung magpapatigasan kayo ng loob.

7:59 AM  

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